Archive for July 2011

The Ryan Medicaid Plan: A Threat to Middle Class Security

The Medicaid changes in the Ryan budget plan would have extraordinary implications not only for the poor individuals who are normally thought of as the principal beneficiaries but for a very broad swath of middle-class families who are far more likely to become reliant on Medicaid benefits at some point in their life than most…

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Tell Congress: No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid

Call Your Senators – National Call-In Day Today As part of the negotiations to raise the national debt ceiling, Wall Street-funded politicians in Congress and the White House are proposing significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They want to: – Cut Social Security’s COLA – even though Social Security does not contribute one…

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Action Alert: Don’t Shred the Social Safety Net, Mr. President

Take action at a Progressive Democrats of America Brown Bag Lunch Vigil. In a press conference about the proposed cuts to entitlements held yesterday morning, President Obama said, “The American people want to see something done.” Yes, we do. 60% of Americans want to keep Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are. 61% think…

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Put Medicare for All on the Map!

In light of the proposals intended to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid coming out of Washington, DC, we need to make one thing clear: Medicare is the solution. Not the problem. A majority of Americans support improved Medicare-for-all. Now is your chance to show why you do! Already, dozens of people from coast to coast have…

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Study Shows Benefits of Providing Medical Insurance to Poor

By Gina Kolata for New York Times – When poor people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability, according to a new, large-scale study that provides the first rigorously controlled assessment…

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Quit Playing with My Life

By Art Pronin for TaylorMarsh.com – The reason I have been a Democrat is because Dems are supposed to protect Social Security and the welfare state. Dems, the real ones, back progressive taxation. I found out about the hard way the wonders that leaders like FDR and LBJ achieved for our nation. Many years ago,…

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Progressives Were Right: Obama’s Health Plan Not Solving Crisis

New Data Show Why Simply Having Insurance Isn’t Enough by David Sirota for Salon – While the contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is already revolving around conservative-themed attacks on “Obamacare,” back when the healthcare bill was being legislated, the most important debate was within the Democratic Party, which held large majorities in both…

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Obama pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

By Glenn Greenwald for Salon – This is at once an extraordinary and completely unsurprising headline: For months, the standard narrative among progressive commentators was that Republicans were outrageously exploiting the debt ceiling deadline to impose drastic entitlement cuts on a resisting and victimized Democratic President (he’s weak in negotiations!), but The Post article makes…

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Health Insurance Brokers Win A Round

From NPR – Score one for the health insurance brokers in their fight to avoid going the way of buggy-whip manufacturers. A task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted Thursday to endorse legislation that would effectively spare their commissions from being counted as administrative costs. And consumer groups aren’t happy about it.…

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Health care cuts proposed in deficit negotiations

Congress reconvenes this week to consider options in budget talks From the New York Times – Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends on whether Republicans are willing to accept any…

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